The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
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Thursday, Dec. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (Warner Bros., 1942)
When the acerbic and nationally popular radio personality Sheridan Whiteside slips on the icy front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home at Christmastime and ends up in a wheelchair, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. Monty Woolley recreates his Broadway role as Whiteside in this delightful adaptation of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play. Bette Davis gives a sympathetic and likeable performance as Whiteside’s assistant Maggie in one of her rare appearances in a comedy. Directed by William Keighley, the film also features Richard Travis, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante and Mary Wickes as Nurse Preen in her hilarious film debut.
Black & white, 112 minutes
Friday, Dec. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
HOLIDAY AFFAIR (RKO, 1949)
Janet Leigh stars in this Christmas gem as war widow Connie Ennis, who lives in a New York apartment with her precocious young son Timmy. While working undercover as a holiday comparison shopper, she inadvertently gets laid-back toy salesman Steve Mason (Robert Mitchum) fired from his job. Though Connie is engaged to a nice respectable lawyer (Wendell Corey), Steve’s appearance in her world shakes up her well-structured life. Don Hartman produced and directed this charming romantic comedy. Gordon Gebert, who charmed critics and audiences alike as Timmy, will make a special appearance for a Q&A after the film.
Black & white, 87 minutes
Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:00 p.m.)
ELF (New Line, 2003)
In this family fantasy, one of Santa’s elves, who is much taller than his colleagues, learns that he is actually a human being and heads off to New York to meet his father – as un-Christmassy a character as ever lived. Will Ferrell is a delight as the elf who has the gift for spreading good cheer, even in a world of cynics. Directed by Jon Favreau, it also stars James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Paramount, 1940)
New York assistant district attorney John Sargent feels sorry for Lee Leander, a cynical shoplifter who Sargent is scheduled to prosecute after the Christmas holidays. He pays her bail and after discovering they are from neighboring Midwest towns, takes her along on his trip back home to Indiana. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in this romantic comedy-drama, with Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson and Sterling Holloway in supporting roles as Sargent’s family. This rediscovered Christmas classic was directed by Mitchell Leisen and written by Preston Sturges. The Library of Congress Film Lab provided the new film print. The cartoon “The Night Before Christmas” starring Tom and Jerry will be shown before the feature.
Black & white feature, 94 minutes. Color cartoon 9 minutes.
Thursday, Jan. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (United Artists, 1944)
René Clair directed this fantasy comedy set in the 1890s about Larry (Dick Powell), a bored obituary writer for the Evening News. He wishes he could see into the future so he could scoop his colleagues and become the paper's top reporter. When a guardian angel grants his wish, Larry’s life becomes full of unexpected complications involving a beautiful fortune-teller (Linda Darnell), her overprotective uncle (Jack Oakie) and the news of his own death! The film was a popular success for United Artists and received Oscar nominations for Best Music Scoring (by Robert Stolz) and Best Sound Recording. A Three Stooges comedy short and a cartoon from 1944 will be shown before the feature.
Black & white, 85 minute feature, 27 minute shorts
Friday, Jan. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Universal, 1943)
When her mother’s younger brother Charlie (Joseph Cotten) comes to visit the family in their small-town home, his adoring niece, also named Charlie (Teresa Wright), slowly begins to realize that her uncle may be a sought-after serial killer. Director Alfred Hitchcock often said that “Shadow of a Doubt” was his favorite film. This suspense thriller, which also stars Macdonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers, Wallace Ford and Hume Cronyn, was added to The National Film Registry in 1991. The Joe McDoakes comedy short, “So You Think You Need Glasses” will be shown before the feature
Black & white, 108 minute feature, 11 minute short
Saturday, Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
WARNER BROS. CRIME DRAMA DOUBLE FEATURE
FLAXY MARTIN (Warner Bros., 1949)
Virginia Mayo stars as the title character, a showgirl and the girlfriend of crime syndicate lawyer Walter Colby (Zachary Scott). When Colby is hired to defend a mobster on a murder charge, he finds himself framed in another killing. This film noir directed by Richard L. Bare also stars Dorothy Malone, Douglas Kennedy and Helen Westcott.
Black & white, 86 minutes
NIGHT NURSE (Warner Bros., 1931)
A private duty nurse is hired to look after two sick children at the mansion of their alcoholic socialite mother. She soon becomes suspicious that the treatment prescribed by their doctor is slowly starving the children to death and that the family’s brutish chauffeur is involved. William A. Wellman directed this crime drama that stars Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell and Clark Gable in one of his most impressive early appearances.
Black & white, 72 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
NOTHING BUT A MAN (Cinema V, 1964)
A groundbreaking work filmed during the tumult of the mounting civil rights movement, this independent film tells the story of Duff (Ivan Dixon), a railroad worker from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with a preacher's genteel schoolteacher daughter (Abbey Lincoln). Proud Duff commands respect, a stand that angers his white employers and frightens his father-in-law. Directed by Michael Roemer, the drama features a largely black cast in a story that transcends race and looks at issues of class and gender. In 1964, “Nothing But a Man” won the San Giorgio Prize at the Venice Film Festival, awarded to films considered especially important for the progress of civilization. The film was added to The National Film Registry in 1993.
Black & white, 95 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
CAIN AND MABEL (Warner Bros., 1936)
Clark Gable and Marion Davies star in this romantic comedy about a prizefighter and a Broadway dancer who go along with a publicist’s idea of concocting a phony romance for publicity. In truth, they can’t stand each other – at least, not at first. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, the film features elaborate musical production numbers and a supporting cast of favorite character actors including Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns, Walter Catlett and Ruth Donnelly. The Oscar-nominated RKO comedy short “Dummy Ache” starring Edgar Kennedy will be shown before the feature.
Black & white, 90 minute feature, 18 minute short
Friday, Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
ODDITIES AND SHORTS
This screening will feature both fictional short subjects and actuality footage that was recently preserved by the Library of Congress Film and Video Preservation labs. Included on the program is “Two Tars,” (MGM, 1928) starring Laurel and Hardy as two sailors on shore leave who get themselves and dozens of innocent bystanders in a huge traffic jam; The National Film Registry title “A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire” (April, 1906), a rare record of San Francisco's principal thoroughfare and downtown area before their destruction in the great earthquake and fire; “San Francisco after the Fire” (1906), and “A Tour of the Thomas H. Ince Studio” (1920). Plus quite a few surprises!
Black & white, approximately 120 minutes
Saturday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
SILENT MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
FEEL MY PULSE (Paramount, 1928)
Bebe Daniels stars as Barbara Manning, a sheltered rich girl and hypochondriac. When Barbara inherits a health sanitarium, she moves in hoping for a cure for her many imagined illnesses. But it turns out the place is actually a front for bootleggers and a hideout for criminals on the lam, which gives Barbara just the jolt of excitement and romance she needs. Gregory La Cava directed this silent comedy that also stars William Powell, Richard Arlen and Heinie Conklin. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 63 minutes
THE AIR MAIL (Paramount, 1925)
Air mail pilot Russ Kane comes to the aid of a young woman and her invalid father who are stranded in a ghost town and badly in need of medicine. Russ and his teenaged sidekick Sandy engage in battles with a gang of dope smugglers in the air and escaped convicts on the ground as they set out to accomplish their mission. Directed by Irvin Willat, this adventure story, filmed when transporting mail by airplane was still quite new, stars Warner Baxter, Billie Dove and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. This is an incomplete print recently preserved by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab from the only known material on this title. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 40 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
MARY OF SCOTLAND (RKO, 1936)
John Ford directed this historical drama that stars Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, whom England's Queen Elizabeth I (Florence Eldridge) considers a royal threat. Confined to her quarters after a palace coup, Mary eventually escapes and flees to England -- where she doesn't receive a warm reception. Fredric March and Douglas Walton co-star as the ill-fated monarch's love interests. The film was based on Maxwell Anderson's blank-verse play and adapted for the screen by Dudley Nichols.
Black & white, 123 minutes
Friday, Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
THRILLER DOUBLE FEATURE
I WAKE UP SCREAMING (20th Century-Fox, 1941)
When model and would-be actress Vicky Lynn is murdered, police interrogate Vicky’s manager, Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) and her sister Jill (Betty Grable). Though both are released and other suspects are questioned, a particularly tenacious detective continues to go after Frankie and piles up circumstantial evidence against him. Frankie turns to the distrustful Jill who may have information that will clear him. H. Bruce Humberstone directed this entertaining film noir which also stars Carole Landis and Laird Cregar.
Black & white, 82 minutes
THE HUMAN MONSTER (Monogram, 1939)
Béla Lugosi stars as Dr. Orloff, a mysterious physician and insurance agency proprietor who becomes the primary suspect in a series of grisly London murders. Released as “The Dark Eyes of London” in Britain, it became the first British film to receive the "H" rating for "Horrific." Walter Summers directed this adaptation of the 1924 novel by Edgar Wallace.
Black & white, 73 minutes
Saturday, Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
DARLING (Embassy, 1965)
Julie Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress in her first leading role as up-and-coming fashion model Diana Scott, who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Dirk Bogarde portrays a television news reporter and Laurence Harvey a public relations mogul, both of whom Diana Scott uses to further her ambitions. The biting social satire also won Oscars for best original screenplay and best costumes, while both the film and its director, John Schlesinger, scored Oscar nominations.Black & white, 128 minutes
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